Lesson #60: Family is behavior, not entitlement.

Lesson #60: Family is behavior, not entitlement.

We are linked and related by blood; but what binds us as family is being related by: love, loyalty, trust, commitment, respect, appreciation, acceptance, devotion, dependability, support, honesty. We seem to be the only animal family who tends to completely disregard...
Seeing the dog underneath the behavior.

Seeing the dog underneath the behavior.

These two. The guy on the left is 10 years young and was rescued as a pup. He’s been with his family his whole life (awesome), and – sadly- also lost his sister just a few months ago. Although no one was really looking to welcome another pup in, the 2 year...
A dog is for life… not just for Christmas.

A dog is for life… not just for Christmas.

Puppies and dogs. They’re not born understanding what we consider to be acceptable vs. unacceptable behavior. Polite vs. impolite. Respectful vs. disrespectful. Appropriate vs. inappropriate. The onus 100% falls upon us to teach them this. The average age of...
Lesson #87: Don’t try to force me to be someone I’m not.

Lesson #87: Don’t try to force me to be someone I’m not.

We’re all born pure, open and trusting, though we don’t remain this way. We become products of society. Fashioned, shaped, molded, disillusioned, conditioned and influenced by our families and their beliefs, culture, the media, our peers, and teachers. We learn...
Lesson #82: The difference between “can’t” and “won’t”.

Lesson #82: The difference between “can’t” and “won’t”.

I firmly believe the word “can’t” should be stricken from anyone’s thought process and vocabulary, and that excuses should be given up for Lent every year instead of chocolate and soda pop. Can’t suggests a lack in ability and presupposes we don’t have the...